Realizing the power of talented women

| McKinsey & Company

During the summer of 2013—about two and a half years after the start of a major effort to increase the number and proportion of senior-leadership roles held by women at eBay Inc.1 we conducted a global gender-diversity survey on the attitudes and experiences of our top 1,700 leaders.2 The survey revealed some good news: for example, our leaders—women and men alike—consider gender diversity an important business goal. Moreover, we found no aspiration gap: women and men, in roughly the same proportion, want to move up.

Realizing the power of talented women | McKinsey & Company.


Gene Simmons worries that men can’t open doors for women anymore. Here’s the truth.

Gene Simmons, a man who became famous by painting his face and sticking his tongue out over loud bubblegum rock, is concerned about the decline of chivalry.

During his stint as the male guest on the Fox News show Outnumbered, Simmons and the female hosts discussed research on the impacts of benevolent sexism—basically, the practice of treating women like they’re helpless and need coddling—and Simmons made an impassioned argument against all those scary feminists who won’t let men open doors for them

Gene Simmons worries that men can’t open doors for women anymore. Here’s the truth..

Trans people, the awkward questions they face, and how they answer

| National Post

At a party, in a checkout line or out to dinner, transgender model Arisce Wanzer has this to say about routine, uncomfortable questions from strangers and acquaintances:

“Why are you jumpin’ into my underwear from the get-go?” We asked Wanzer, 27, in Los Angeles and two other trans people — Janet Mock, 31, and Joy Ladin, 53, to share how they handle chance, intrusive encounters.

“As an educator, I believe it’s really important for people to ask questions, but at the same time I’m a person and not a public billboard,” said Ladin, an English professor at Yeshiva University in New York and author of Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders.

Added Mock, whose memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More was released in February: “It’s just so interesting to me how we’re just kind of stripped of that common human decency.

Trans people, the awkward questions they face, and how they answer | National Post.

‘My Body My Rights’ Campaign with body art by Hikaru Cho


Amnesty International and Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho have collaborated to produce the ‘My Body My Rights’ campaign – a series of unique paintings. Hikaru Cho, aka Choo-San, is a second-year university student in Tokyo. Her work was widely featured in British and international media last year. Each design for the Amnesty campaign depicts a ‘body right’. Click here to see the paintings: ‘My Body My Rights’ body art by Hikaru Cho – Telegraph.

It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease

The Globe and Mail

The No. 1 reason for hospitalization in Canada is childbirth. The most commonly performed surgery in this country is the cesarean section.

Those facts should give us all a case of morning sickness. And they should prompt a lot of hard questions.

Is pregnancy a disease? Is a hospital really the best place to give birth? Are women ending up there by choice or by default? Is surgery actually required to deliver one in every five babies?

There were 389,822 live births in Canada in 2012-13, according to Statistics Canada; there were 369,454 births in hospitals, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

The balance were home births or babies born in birthing centres not located in a hospital. (Also, Statscan counts actual babies; for CIHI, multiple births – twins and up – count as a single birth.)

It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease – The Globe and Mail.

Boys’ Relational Development

| Psychology Today

Empirical studies of boys offer evidence that their capacity and desire forclose, meaningful relationships persist beyond infancy, through childhood, and into adolescence. In her studies of adolescent boys’ friendships, psychologist Niobe Way acknowledges the obstacles that boys commonly encounter in their efforts to develop close friendships, including issues of trust and cultural stereotypes that denigrate emotional intimacy as feminine. However, Way also underscores the intense emotional intimacy in boys’ close friendships, especially during early and middle adolescence, and emphasizes how boys value and fight to maintain (but often end up losing) their emotional connections to others. Likewise, my studies of boys at early childhood and adolescence reveal their relational capabilities — including their ability to be self-aware, sensitive to others, and remarkably articulate and authentic in their self-expression — and their resistance against disconnections as they seek to relate to others in meaningful ways.

Boys’ Relational Development | Psychology Today.

More than half of Canadian women want to open a business

The inaugural BMO Women Entrepreneur Report released Tuesday said the hospitality and restaurant sectors top the list of target business ventures in Canada with the retail/services sector the top choice of women in Alberta.

“While men account for the majority of small business owners, women are closing the gap,” said Jennifer Lee, senior economist with BMO Capital Markets. “According to Statistics Canada, the number of self-employed women in Canada increased by 16 per cent in the last decade, compared with a growth rate of nine per cent among men.”

The report said 24 per cent of aspiring women entrepreneurs in Alberta would start a business in the retail/services sector, 23 per cent in food and hospitality, and 21 per cent in arts and entertainment.

More than half of Canadian women want to open a business.


More Women and Foreign-Educated Executives Enter Top Ranks, Study Finds

Though senior executive ranks remain dominated by men, women now occupy nearly 18 percent of the top slots at Fortune 100 companies, according to the article, “Who’s Got Those Top Jobs,” which examined the career trajectories, education levels and diversity among the 1,000 top-tier executives in 2011. That is a notable change from 1980, when none of the Fortune 100 companies had women in the corner office and is also up from 2001, when 11 percent of the top-ranking jobs were held by women.

The article was based on research by Peter Cappelli, a professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Monika Hamori, a professor of human resource management at IE Business School in Madrid, and was done with the help of Rocio Bonet, assistant professor of human resource management, at Madrid’s IE Business School.

Men educated outside the United States hold about 11 percent of the top positions, a notable increase from the 2 percent in 1980. Over the last 30 years, more multinationals have opened a pipeline of managers from their overseas operations to take high-level roles.

More Women and Foreign-Educated Executives Enter Top Ranks, Study Finds –

Harvard Business Review study on work-life balance: Male executives see family issues as a women’s problem.

A revealing—and depressing—article in this month’s Harvard Business Reviewshows that no matter how much power female executives have accrued, or how much lip service male executives might publicly pay, family issues are still seen as a female problem.

Harvard Business School professor Boris Groysberg and research associate Robin Abrahams looked at interviews of nearly 4,000 C-suite executives conducted by HBS students from 2008-2013. Forty-four percent of the interviewees were female. And while the men and women often had the same job titles, the similarities stopped there.

Harvard Business Review study on work-life balance: Male executives see family issues as a women’s problem..